James Danderfer

(Saturday) Morning News Post

I’ve Been Busy… no, really.

September 29, 2014

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Hello, good morning, and welcome to the Saturday Morning News Post!

Readers, wow, it’s been a busy few months.

Sure, I may have brought the world of jazz education to a standstill by not continuing my “How to Play Jazz” blog series, but… I have exciting news.

Danderfer’s in the film business baby! And like all things Danderfer, more…

School of Danderfer: How to play jazz, part 2

May 11, 2014

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Hello, good morning, and welcome to the Saturday Morning News Post!

Gather ’round students, the Danderf-edification continues…

Chapt 2: Jazz is a language

The simplest and most accurate way to describe the process of learning jazz is to compare it to learning a language.

So imagine how you’d learn to speak a new language. You’d listen to the language a LOT to get the general sounds, rhythms and phrasing in your ear. Then you’d begin imitating simple words such as “hello” or “thank you” or perhaps a few trusty swear words. Then comes the part where you more…

School of Danderfer: How to play jazz, part 1

May 3, 2014

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Hello, good morning, and welcome to the Saturday Morning News Post!

Readers, I’m not just a know-it-all, I’m a know-it-all and tell-it-all.

And since I’m coaching jazz combos at the VSO School, I thought maybe I’d codify what I know about learning jazz and share it with the world. So world, if you’re reading (and I assume you are), here’s the 1st installment of What I know about learning to play jazz.

Chapter 1: Welcome

If you’re just getting started then let me be the first to say Welcome to Jazz! The music you’re about to learn is an incredibly more…

Let’s Get To It: All Things Danderfer

April 19, 2014

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Hello, good morning, and welcome to the Saturday Morning News Post!

Readers, my goodness, it’s been a while. You’ve been busy, I’ve been busy, but who cares!? Bottom line is, you want to know what’s happening in Dander-land. I get it.

So no more dawdling with half finished complain-y pants SMNPs, let’s just get down to brass tacks.

First off, I’m still a winner. I just can’t stop winning. I’m like the LeBron James of jazz clarinetists: addicted to winning. Recently my film-making more…

JD Random thoughts: Resonance Patterns

November 5, 2013

Hello, good morning, and welcome to the Saturday Morning News Post!

Readers, I’m really struggling to write something not tremendously boring these days. It’s not that there isn’t plenty of cool things to tell you about, it’s that I’m half way into a lot of projects and I just don’t like talking about things before I have something to show for it. Kinda feels like your “idea balloon” deflates a little bit when I do that. Does that sound ridiculous?

So here are some random thoughts… more…

Hot music, cool turnout for the trio.

September 28, 2013

Hello, good morning, and welcome to the Saturday Morning News Post!

Oh what a time we had at Pat’s Pub last Thursday with Joe Poole and guest pianist John Stetch! So exciting to play with John for the 1st time, what a musician! We ended up playing more…

JD Trio w/ JOHN STETCH this Thursday: The element of surprise.

September 23, 2013

Hello, good morning, and welcome to the Saturday Morning News Post!

Readers, I have about 10 minutes to write this SMNP, so here goes.

There is a very exciting event coming up soon, 8pm this Thursday in fact at Pat’s Pub (403 E. Hastings)… I get to play with a childhood musical hero of mine, pianist John Stetch!

Now, John isn’t that much older than I am but when I was 15 years old I bought his album Carpathian Blues (with Jorge Rossy, Gene Jackson, Jessy Murphy, Seamus Blake, Ugonna Okegwo) and was amazed by his masterful piano playing, lyrical more…

VSO School of Music jazz program? Don’t mind if I do.

September 11, 2013

Hello, good morning, and welcome to the Saturday Morning News Post!

Readers, I’m pleased to announce that the long wait to be edified by yours truly in a state of the art facility is OVER. Every Saturday (and possibly other days) you can find me, adorned with pipe in hand and elbow-patched tweed jacket, spouting wisdom about all things jazz clarinet/saxophone related at a little place called The VSO School of Music.

I’m honoured and excited to be more…

A Little Poem

August 16, 2013

Hello, good morning, and welcome to The Saturday Morning News Post!

Readers, it’s been a crazy time for this ol’ clarinetist and I will be back on the semi-regular SMNP train soon, I assure you.

But on this day, a very special day for me, I’m going to leave you with a short and sweet poem which I recently discovered. Enjoy.

The Summer Day

by Mary Oliver more…

Légère reeds: the best synthetic reed on the market.

June 29, 2013

Hello, good morning, and welcome to the Saturday Morning News Post!

Readers, anyone who knows me knows that I am not a braggart but my clarinet sound has the robust character and achingly graceful intensity of a young black panther dancing “Swan Lake.” I mean, come on! Right!?

That’s because James Danderfer is more…

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